Flexible satellites have been around for some time, but the rate and scale of flexibility has increased exponentially over the last few years. Declining GEO capacity prices, rise in competition and the need for reduced time to orbit and are just a few factors that led to greater need for software-defined satellites.
During an Aug. 4 webinar by Northern Sky Research, Lars Hoffman, senior vice president for global launch services at Rocket Lab, said the company has continued to see strong interest in its launch services, even amid the pandemic.
In regards to adaptable satellites, “whether hardware updates for satellites materialize, speedy, frequent software updates are a goal for the industry.. “All manufacturers are going that way now, toward more versatile, software-designed satellites — Airbus, Lockheed Martin, many others,”
In “NSR Sees Hundreds of $Billions for Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Markets”- “Launch service providers and 3rd party service providers are responding to these demands with unique, more comprehensive and customized services,”..
In “SpaceX Launch Into Space Boosts Observation Satellites to 600”- BlackSky offers images and monitoring from space for industries that include defense, energy, construction and research. “When it comes to Earth observation from satellites, there is more demand today than ever for higher resolution imaging,”. The launch will boost BlackSky’s network in space to six.